Update on The Law 2015

$325

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This seminar is accredited for 15.2 WV MCLE credits, including 2.0 Ethics/L.O.M. credits.

DISCOVERY REFORM - AGAIN:  HOW THE NEW RULES OF FEDERAL CIVIL PROCEDURE WILL CHANGE YOUR PRACTICE

Significant changes to the discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been brewing over the last several years. Controversy has followed from the start.  This program reviews the new rules that are set to take effect on December 1 of this year –changes that will alter a wide range of understandings from the definition of the scope of discovery to the standards for sanctions.  

Professor Charles R. DiSalvo 
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV

TORTS & INSURANCE LAW UPDATE

This session will review several recent tort and insurance law decisions and their impact on subsequent litigation.  This session will also discuss cases currently before the Court which will affect tort and insurance jurisprudence.  The issues presented in those cases will be discussed as will their impact on future litigation.

Professor Thomas C. Cady 
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV 

Vincent J. King, Esquire
Cross Lanes, WV

THE STEUBENVILLE RAPE CASE: A LEGAL ANALYST’S PERSPECTIVE

Weirton attorney Michael Nogay served as the local NBC on-air legal analyst for WTOV9 in the Steubenville Rape Case -- which started a national dialogue regarding rape, high school sports and social media.Two juvenile high school football players were arrested in 2012 and later convicted in a public bench trial of raping the female victim.Posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and screen shots of cellphone text messages helped Ohio State investigators unravel what happened that night. The juvenile trial attracted hundreds of reporters from around the globe, including journalists from Al Jazeera, ESPN,and The New Yorker magazine. Mr. Nogay will discuss the trial and what he believes are the long-term ramifications of social media in criminal cases. 

Michael E. Nogay, Esquire 
Sellitti, Nogay & McCune, PLLC – Weirton, WV

ELDER LAW UPDATE – PART 1

This presentation will provide an overview of Medicaid basics and Medicaid planning, including:

 Personal care contracts

 The married couple:  Protecting the community spouse

 Ways to reduce excess available assets without causing Medicaid disqualification

 Transfer of assets

 Protecting the homestead and other real estate

Gerald W. Townsend, Esquire
Fluharty & Townsend – Parkersburg, WV  

UPDATE ON EVIDENCE

A little over a year ago, the WV Supreme Court of Appeals amended the Evidence Rules.  Don't get caught short in your next trial. Learn what the new rules are all about. 

Professor Marjorie A. McDiarmid 
WVU College of Law - Morgantown, WV

ELDER LAW UPDATE – PART 2


Gerald W. Townsend, Esquire
Fluharty & Townsend – Parkersburg, WV 

FAMILY LAW UPDATE

This presentation will discuss the United States Supreme Court Obergefellcase legalizing same sex marriage; the impact of legislative updates and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals cases over the last 12 months;and how to stay current with your family law practice.

Andrew S. Nason, Esquire 
Pepper and Nason – Charleston, WV

COMMERCIAL LAW UPDATE

The Update of Commercial Law provides a general overview of selected recent and significant changes in the law affecting West Virginia lawyers with a corporate, banking and business law practice.This presentation includes cases decided during the late fall of 2014 and early 2015 by the West Virginia Supreme Court and selected federal court cases decided during that period.  Generally, insurance cases, employment law cases and memorandum decisions are not included.  The Update also addresses statutes enacted by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2015 Legislative Session. 

Charles D. Dunbar, Esquire 
Jackson Kelly, PLLC – Charleston, WV 

UPDATE ON THE NEW AMENDMENTS TO THE WEST VIRGINIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND OTHER LEGAL ISSUES

On January 1, 2015, significant amendments were made to the WV Rules of Professional Conduct, by order of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals. Nearly every Rule of Professional Conduct and/or official comment has been amended. This presentation will highlight the impact of these new rules and other ethical issues. 

Renee N. Frymyer, Esquire 
WV Office of Disciplinary Counsel – Charleston, WV 

SHALE PLAY UPDATE

The Shale Play Update provides a general overview of judicial decisions,legislation, and regulation affecting stakeholders ranging from property owners to the regulated community. This presentation generally will focus on developments in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, but will include selected developments outside the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. 

Joseph V. Schaeffer, Esquire 
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC – Morgantown, WV 

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

This session will review several recent employment law decisions and their impact on subsequent litigation. This session will also discuss cases currently before the West Virginia and U.S. Supreme Court which will affect employment law jurisprudence.  Additionally, the Obergefellcase recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court will be discussed and the impact of same sex marriage on employment law. 

Professor Robert M. Bastress 
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV 

FARM TRANSITION

"Farm transition” refers to the process of passing the farm business to the next generation, or to a third party if no family members wish to continue the farm business. The process is also referred to as farm business succession. Farm transition also involves transfer of management responsibilities and control of the business. The issue of heir’s property and appropriate titling of property will also be addressed. Choice of business entity, use of multiple entities, and business agreements prove essential to the process. Sample business agreement provisions will be included. 

Professor Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.
WVU College of Law                                                                                               Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic – Morgantown, WV

BANKRUPTCY LAW UPDATE

Decisions From The United States Supreme Court, The 4th Circuit Court Of Appeals, and The Northern and Southern U.S. District Courts Of West Virginia will be discussed. 

Andrew S. Nason, Esquire 
Pepper and Nason – Charleston, WV 

UPDATE ON TORT REFORM IN WEST VIRGINIA

Tort reform highlighted the most recent session of the West Virginia Legislature. The law of comparative fault, health care liability, premises liability, punitive damages, and other aspects of the State’s tort system were addressed. This presentation will discuss the impacts of this recent legislation on litigators and others following what is likely only the first round of tort reform in West Virginia. 

Teresa C. Toriseva, Esquire 
Toriseva Law - Wheeling, WV 

CHANGES IN CITATIONS IN THE 20TH EDITION OFTHE BLUE BOOK

First published in 1926 as A Uniform System of Citation,the Bluebook has become the nation’s primary guide for legal citation. The new recently-released 20th edition has made a number of significant changes to the publication.This presentation will offer an overview of the Bluebook and highlight some of the significant changes in the new edition. 

Mark W. Podvia, Head of Public Service 
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV